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Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey The Spruce Eats

Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey The Spruce Eats

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Halwa Chebakia (sometimes spelled chebbakia or shebakia) is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is shaped into a flower, fried and then coated with honey. Also known as mkharka, it's usually served during Ramadan and for special occasions. Chebakia are time-consuming to make. Most Moroccan women enlist the help of a sister, mother or friend for the preparation of a large quantity. Be sure to see the photo tutorial How to Make Chebakia if you've never made them before.

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Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies With Honey
Yields8 Servings
Prep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time2 hrs 30 mins
 4 cups flourplus additional if necessary
 ½ tsp salt
 1 soup bowl full of golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted
 1 ½ tsp ground anise
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 ½ tsp saffron threads, crumbled
  tsp Moroccan yellow colorant (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)
 Pinch of mastic or gum arabic grains, mixed with 1/4 tsp. of sugar and crushed into a powder
 1 extra-large egg
 ¼ cup butter, melted
 ¼ cup olive oil
 ¼ cup vinegar
 1 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
 5 cups (4 lbs.) honey
 2 tbsp orange flower water
 6.50 vegetable oil, for frying
 ½ cup golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted, for decorating


 

Ingredients

 4 cups flourplus additional if necessary
 ½ tsp salt
 1 soup bowl full of golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted
 1 ½ tsp ground anise
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 ½ tsp saffron threads, crumbled
  tsp Moroccan yellow colorant (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)
 Pinch of mastic or gum arabic grains, mixed with 1/4 tsp. of sugar and crushed into a powder
 1 extra-large egg
 ¼ cup butter, melted
 ¼ cup olive oil
 ¼ cup vinegar
 1 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
 5 cups (4 lbs.) honey
 2 tbsp orange flower water
 6.50 vegetable oil, for frying
 ½ cup golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted, for decorating
Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey The Spruce Eats

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